Self-Rescue Course, 10th-11th November 2018

The self-rescue course will be held on 10th and 11th of November 2018.  There are still places left.  So if your interested please me contact me ASAP.

In collaboration with Adventure Out, CAWA is pleased to offer an instructional two-day course designed to develop the technical skills, experience and confidence needed to safely perform self-rescue.

The course will be held at Mountain Quarry on Saturday, 10th November and Sunday, 11th November.

This course is ideal is a refresher or for those  trying to increase their confidence climbing outdoors so they can take on  those bigger bucketlist adventures.

Mountain Quarry offers a range of climbing challenges and serves as the ideal environment for learning self-rescue skills. 

 The instructors will provide participants with constant feedback and ensure appropriate safety standards are maintained throughout the course.

 Skill points will include:

  1. self-rescue (ascending and switching rope systems, anchoring methods, escaping compromised belay systems)
  2. partner rescue (conscious & unconscious)


The course is set at an intermediate level, so you should be a confident top rope climber with experience in establishing belay systems utilising natural or artificial anchors and in belaying climbers. 

Price: $270 per person*

*All prices include GST. Additionally, CAWA will subsidize $50 per member for a net price of $220 per person.

Adventure Out will provide

  1. experienced instructor(s)
  2. all necessary rock climbing equipment (feel free to bring any personal gear you may have)
  3. $10 million public liability insurance
  4. comprehensive first aid kit

 Please note that CAWA events are a benefit for members. Joining online is easy through the CAWA web page.

If you are interested please:
  1. fill out the trip registration form; and
  2. e-mail me at

Hope to see you there.

Dirk Klicker

CAWA Vice President

Notice of CAWA AGM, 12th July 2018

Dear Members,

We invite you to attend the CAWA Annual General Meeting.

Date:    Thursday, 12th July 2018.  

Venue: 246 Vincent Street, Leederville.

Time:   Arrive 6:00 pm for 6.30 pm start.

The climbing is Tasmania is absolutely epic and our Guest Speaker this year will Gerry Narkowicz from Tasmania.   

“Gerry Narkowicz has been active on the Tasmanian climbing scene since 1980. He has been on the first ascent of about 800 routes particularly in Northern Tasmania at areas such as Ben Lomond, the North and South Esk Rivers, Hillwood, and the Fingal Valley. Along with Robert McMahon, he is the co-author of Climb Northern Tasmania, North Esk, Memory Of A Journey and the guide to the South Esk.”

The agenda will include:

  • Confirmation of the Minutes for the last preceding Annual General Meeting
  • Annual reports: president and treasurer
  • Election of new management committee
  • Appoint a person to audit the accounts of the association
  • Guest Speaker – Gerry Narkowicz
  • Photo competition

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($20), Climb Tasmania ($40, limited copies) and CAWA T-shirts ($20) will be available. Please bring exact change.

IMPORTANT: If you are not able to attend, please email the completed proxy form to us at as soon as possible after receiving this letter. Without quorum, we can’t conduct AGM business. Proxies must be received no later than 6:00 pm Thursday, 12th July 2018.

Each member can only hold five proxies, please ensure that the person you nominate is definitely coming to the meeting.

Please note that the AGM is a member only event.

Look forward to seeing you all there!


Gareth Wood

CAWA President


WA Day long weekend at Kalbarri

Dear members,

The long awaited Kalbarri trip is just around the corner: Friday 1st to Monday 4th June 2018.


Remi on Keith Goes Blank 15***

Sheer sandstone walls carved out by the Murchison River provide trad, sport climbing, bouldering and deep water soloing opportunities. Roughly 6.5 hour drive north of Perth, Kalbarri gorge is well worth the trip. Kalbarri National Park provides opportunities for trad leading in the middle and upper grades and sport climbing at a high level. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting. If you haven’t been before, Kalbarri gorge is truly spectacular and just a great spot to spend a weekend. Winter is prime climbing time in the gorge with excellent friction, pleasant temperatures and no flies.

Though the areas around the Z Bend tend to attract most climbers, there is some moderate trad climbing out at Hawk’s Head. Four Ways is also another great alternative if you want to avoid the crowd, whilst the remote Wonderwall offers some deep water soloing fun and is a pleasant day hike.

We would love to see you all there. We also need to make sure that everyone is clear about what to expect of the area. Kalbarri is not an ideal venue for beginners, unless they are accompanied by a suitably experienced climber. This is because access to routes will usually require lead climbing and the ability to set up top ropes is very limited. The climbing also tends to be moderate to very hard.

The main guides to the area are Northern Rock and West Australian Rock. These will give you a good idea of the climbing on offer. More routes have been posted on the forum since the above publications, here are some of them:

A couple of new Kalbarri routes

Kalbarri long natural line

20 new routes in Kalbarri

Kalbarri – new route in the Pit

New routes in Kalbarri

New crack climbs at kalbarri

From Perth, head north to Geraldton, Northampton and Kalbarri. The road out to the Z Bend is now sealed and accessible by 2WD.

Check the weather forecast to choose your clothing appropriately: if the forecast announces less than 15 degrees and windy, bring that down jacket as it can be very cold in the gorge. Sunscreen can be life saver as well if you’re planning to climb multi-pitches.

We have unpowered camping sites provisionally booked nearby Kalbarri Township. A deposit is required to secure the camping so please let us know numbers as soon as possible if you plan to attend, thus we can ensure that we have enough space to accommodate everybody.

Registering Your Interest Now
Please register by completing the online form ASAP and by noon Friday 25th May. We will then send confirmation with further details.


Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Joining online is easy, through the link on the CAWA home page.

If you have any questions, please email both Gareth ( who will be in Kalbarri to coordinate the trip and Remi ( who is helping with the preparation ahead of the long weekend.

Remi Vignals & Gareth Wood

CAWA Committee member


Due to legal and liability issues, CAWA does not provide training on trips. All climbers must be independent participants who are completely responsible for themselves. If you are an inexperienced climber, then have a chat to some of the more experienced people you know and see if they are planning to attend.

Kalbarri – Climbers’ responsibilities

G’day climbers,

With winter, comes Kalbarri season! Here is a reminder of our responsibilities up there.

1- Remember that no toilet waste is allowed within 500m of the Promenade / Rock wallaby site. Therefore, it’s best to use the toilet facilities at the Z Bend carpark before hiking down the gorge.

No toilet waste area around The Promenade site.

2- Since the rediscovery of the rare Black Footed Rock Wallabies in 2015, camping is not permitted in the gorge within 1.5Km of the Z Bend Lookout – this includes the area around the Promenade climbing site.

3- However, there is a camping area near the Z Bend car park that is set aside for school groups, but the privilege is also extended to climbers. We are, however, on thin ice here so please register by completing the multi-day registration form and emailing it to either Mike Paxman (Senior Ranger) or Lisa Gould

4- Climbers new to Kalbarri may phone the ranger to get directions to the alternate camping area (it is not sign posted).

Map of the alternative campsite adjacent to the Z Bend carpark

5- Immediately close the gate behind you when driving in and out of the alternative camping area near the Z Bend carpark. The campsite is 200 metres pass the gate. Please stay away from the vegetation regrowth and rehab area (short bushes and trees held up by sticks within the campsite) and do NOT pitch a tent there.

6- The campsite has no water and all rubbish must be taken out of the park. The toilets are situated in the Z Bend carpark area.

7- Due to the elevated risk of bushfire in the sandplain areas no open fires is allowed in the alternative camping area (gas cookers only).

8- Last but not least, remember to limit the use of excess chalk (especially on overhanging walls) and systematically brush it before you leave the site – the same goes for boulderers venturing on virgin rocks! Also, try not to use any  chalk in high traffic areas such as the river trail / Aviary / Tourist wall.

A Park Entry fee of $12 per car and a camping fee of $8 per night per person apply.

The Park Entry can be paid for by credit card on the all-hours machine available at the main entrance of the park (just off Ajana-Kalbarri road). However, the camping fees must be paid for by cash stuffed in an envelope and inserted into the box next to the abovementioned machine.

For those of us who suffer the Tumblagooda Fever and need their regular fix of sandstone, you can wave the car entry fee by opting for the DPAW Annual All Parks Pass (Standard: $92):

If you are a member of the RAC, you can get 50% off the pass:

Leave no trace.

Gareth Wood and Remi Vignals

CAWA Access Sub-committee

The multi-day registration form is now available on the CAWA website:

Following are the phone numbers for the Kalbarri National Park Office and the Rangers Mike and Russell.  Please direct all general enquiries to the Kalbarri National Park Office.  The Rangers numbers are there FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY.

Business Hours:

Kalbarri National Park Office:     08 9937 1140    –    08 993 7114 (fax)



Senior Ranger:                        08 9937 1192    –    0417 181 314 (mob)

Ranger:                                  08 9937 1424    –    0427 199 518 (mob)




City Summit Gym Crash, 3 May 2018

Sorry about the late notice.

The next CAWA gym crash will be held at City Summit .

Gym crashes are a great way to meet new climbing partners and other CAWA members.

Starts at around 6:30 pm on Thursday, 3rd May 2018.

Special CAWA member entry cost.

Plus FREE Pizza.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

I’ll be wearing a blue CAWA t-shirt.

Dirk Klicker
CAWA Vice President

Western Climber Needs You!

Prizes up for grabs!

Dear members,

We are just in the process of putting together the autumn issue of Western Climber.

CAWA relies on contributions from members to complete each issue.

We will not be able to complete the current issue without some additional contributions from members.

So CAWA is offering a number of prizes for contributions to the current issue of Western Climber.

Contributions may take the form of photos, articles or simply e-mails to CAWA or the editor.

If you have been thinking of making a contribution to Western Climber then now is the time, so that you may be illegible to receive one of the number of prizes that are available.

Contributions do not have to be a extensive or detailed and very short contributions are encouraged.

Things like new route descriptions or info, climbing points of view or topics of interest, questions or comments to CAWA or the editor.

We hope to hear from you soon.

If you are interested please submit your contributions on or before 12 May 2018.

Contributions to Western Climber can be submitted by e-mail to Woody ( or me (

Happy climbing!

Dirk Klicker

Vice President

Re-bolting Fund Reminder and Developement

Hello CAWA members.

This is a call out regarding the CAWA rebolting fund. Financially it is doing very well thanks to the generosity of all.

The main reason for this communication is to ask for your suggestions for routes that may have dodgy bolts.

If you have come across a thoroughly aged or unsafe bolt, please notify us by filling out the following form:

Also, we are constantly looking to upskill the West Aus climbing community so if you are an experienced route developer and have the time and motivation to pass on your skills, please email and I will get you in touch with some climbers that are keen to learn.


If you are feeling happy and generous while reading this, please follow the link below and donate.

A shameless plug I know but please forgive me.



Gareth (President)

Arapiles Trip, 3rd to 10th of March 2018

Dear members,

It’s that time of year again.

In March there are 2 long weekends, being the Labour Day long weekend and Easter.

CAWA usually holds a trip on both of these long weekends, Mt Frankland on the earlier weekend and Peak Charles on the later weekend.

The Peak Charles trip is still going ahead and the event will be posted shortly.

The Mt Frankland trip has in the past few years been a bit hit and miss with the weather because Mt Frankland appears to be a bit of a rain magnet.

Therefore, this year I will be arranging a trip to Arapiles.

Arapiles has been touted as the best climbing cliff in the world.  There are a ton of routes.  There are 3,018 routes listed on the Crag.

Arapiles is mostly Trad climbing and climbers will need to bring a Trad Rack.  CAWA does not provide climbing gear or ropes.

Arapiles is probably not the ideal trip for a complete climbing novice, but there are a range of routes available for all grades and levels.

The trip will commence on Saturday, 3 March 2018 to Saturday, 10 March 2018.

The plan at this stage is for the CAWA team to camp at the Pines camping ground at Arapiles.

There is a small fee payable for camping.

At this stage the plan is to rendezvous in Melbourne on Saturday, 3 March 2018 and travel to Arapiles together.

Alternatively, team members can meet at the Pines during the week.

I am looking at a number of travel options to get from Melbourne to Arapiles, which I shall confirm once I have confirmation as to the rough numbers.

I am hoping that CAWA will be able to make a small contribution on behalf of members towards camping or travelling, but I haven’t confirmed if that will be possible.  So perhaps assume, for the time being, that this won’t happen.

Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming with you can join online now (easiest) or prior to the first day of the trip.

All participants need to be ‘independent participants’. This means you are responsible for your own safety. Due to legal and liability issues, CAWA does not provide training. If you are an inexperienced climber then have a chat to some of the more experienced people you know and see if they are planning to attend.

Finally, this trip will be strictly RSVP.  So please e-mail me directly if you are keen and want to register.

As there is quite a bit of planning involved, all RSVPs must be received on or before close of business on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.  To go ahead with the trip, I am hoping to get a minimum group of about 6 to 8 or so people to go on the trip.

If I do not get the requisite numbers, I may not proceed with the trip.  However, I may proceed with the trip if the psych is high.

If the trip does not go ahead because I do not get an interest from members, then I will arrange a trip to Mt Frankland in lieu.  For details of the trip to Mt Frankland I refer you to my previous Blog for the trip to Mt Frankland in October 2017.


Happy climbing and hopefully see you in Arapiles,

Dirk Klicker


Vice President



If you need some inspiration have a look at the following YouTube Video.


Wilyabrup Climbing Trip: Fri 26th to Sun 28th Jan

Happy New Year from CAWA!

Back at work and already thinking about climbing?

Make the most of the next public holiday with the Wilyabrup Climbing Trip: Fri 26th to Sun 28th Jan

CAWA will provide basic non-powered camping at Gracetown Caravan Park. You need to get yourself there and bring your food and climbing gear. To register for this trip, please email Anthony Brandis and he’ll send you a registration form. If you lack transportation or gear make it known to Anthony and we may be able to organise a lift and/or possibly pair you up with a partner.

You can contact Anthony via email –

Wilyabrup Climbing Trip: Fri 24th Nov to Sun 26th Nov

Hello Climbing Peoples. The November Wilyabrup Trip fast approaches. Ex president Tony Brebner will be representing the committee and looking after you all from the 24th to the 26th of November. CAWA will provide basic non-powered camping at Gracetown Caravan Park. You need to get yourself there and bring your food and climbing gear. If you lack transportation or gear make it known to Tony and we may be able to organise a lift and/or pair you up with a partner.

You can contact Tony via email – or phone – 0416186510


Gareth Wood